We had a nice day today with the weather being wonderful for a few hours in the afternoon, so we went to the park and did some walking, Frisbee throwing, and just watching our youngest play on the playground. Spring is getting closer every day and it easily entices us outside for fresh air and some exercise. I think that’s why I think folks should start their “New Year’s Resolutions” in February and March. January is such a bleak month and Spring seems too far away. Starting my experiment in March allows me to catch another wave of energy once the weather starts warming up shortly after. This allows me to integrate new activities into my healthier lifestyle.
It’s hard to believe that I’m starting the final week of my experiment and I’m approaching thirty-one days of no sugar and no flour. I realized when talking with friends about it tonight that I took this on as one of the pickiest people you might know. I’ve never been a big fruits and vegetables eater and it’s been a struggle to not fall into a rut. It made me realize that you, the person reading these words right now, would have an easier time doing this experiment than I ever would. You likely enjoy a variety of fruits that could be eaten for breakfast as a smoothie or just raw, so it wouldn’t be eggs and kielbasa every day like me. You probably enjoy a wider variety of meats and vegetables, so the entire menu is open to your tastes, while I’m much more selective. This made me think why more people don’t give this experiment a try?
That’s the big question isn’t it? What is keeping you from trying something like the no sugar/no flour experiment? If you’re like the “me” from four months ago, I bet you can come up with quite a few good reasons it couldn’t be done. I came up with more than a few, like I wouldn’t have time to prepare meals, it would be too expensive, my kids wouldn’t be able to handle it, I wouldn’t have the willpower, I “needed” sweets to help me through stress, etc., etc., etc. I look back on those excuses I made months ago and realize that they were just that, excuses. In the end, I found my motivation and my wife found hers, not through some divine event, but because I set a date, made a plan, and decided I had enough of the aches, pains, and feeling crappy. This experiment has joined a recent string of challenges that I’ve set my mind to and overcome, which gives me the confidence and power to seek out the next one and do it again. My hope is that whatever challenges you face will be overcome also.
What I ate today
- 2 Bananas first thing because I had to run to the TV station and be interviewed for my INDYpendent Show.
- Eggs and kielbasa when I returned.
- A salad with cheese, black olives, and hot sliced pork tenderloin on top. For some reason I enjoy leftover meat heated up on a cold salad. I’m not sure if that’s weird or not, so let me know.
- Easter dinner was comprised of Pork Roast, mashed sweet potatoes, and broccoli.
- Late evening snack at our friend’s house was a bit of overdoing it with a cheese tray. Cheese chunks are like crack to me and it’s hard to put on the brakes. I had some Gouda, some kind of mozzarella cheese wrapped in high end bacon, (can’t remember the name), and even had some Havarti with Jalapeno, which was the hottest cheese I’ve ever had. In an effort not to gorge myself, I had some apples and peanut butter also, but I’m not sure if the cheese was just as unhealthy as the peanut butter was. Considering that was my dessert, I’ll try not to judge myself too much.
Onward to day twenty-eight!